October 31, 2005

Paging Darwin

It's over, people. We have finally reached the point of trying too hard to save idiots from themselves. Sometimes, society just has to let go and allow people to be really, really stupid. If they win a Darwin award for their efforts, well, that's just too damn bad. With great freedom comes great responsibility, or something...

Case in point.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 31, 2005 01:29 PM

I don't think it's particularly dangerous if you're afloat. The water doesn't move at 600 mph, just its shape. The water moves at the usual water speed.

The wave is likely to break rather far from the beach though, so you'd have to paddle way out, which maybe isn't a good idea. Between there and the beach isn't great surfing.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at November 1, 2005 06:23 AM

I'm not so sure that this warning is such a bad idea. Tsunamis often occur at a great distance from the earthquakes that cause them. So you really wouldn't be trying to surf during an earthquake.

Case in point: when hurricanes are headed toward NC there are always some bunch of numb nuts who think it's a great idea to go surfing.

Posted by: Locomotive Breath at November 1, 2005 10:50 AM

I await (although not with bated breath) the lawsuit which tries to get an election invalidated on the grounds that the voters are not legally competent, based on the laws passed to protect them from themselves.

It really is astonishing that we apparently deem ourselves fit to govern, but not to breath without supervision.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at November 1, 2005 12:44 PM

Next they will produce a safety pamphlet warning the citizens not to play in traffic, stick a fork into an electrical outlet, or play chicken with a freight train.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at November 1, 2005 04:11 PM